Antique Hand Crafted Hammered Brass Imperial Russia Pitcher Ewer Coffee Pot Tula For Sale
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RARE ANTIQUEBRASS HAND HAMMERED BYZANTINE STYLE COFFEE/TEA POT PITCHER MADE IN IMPERIAL RUSSIA, CITY OF TULA CIRCA MID 1800'S - BEGINNING OF 1900'S
Tula is an industrial city and the administrative center of Tula Oblast, Russia, located 193 kilometers (120 mi) south of Moscow, on the Upa River. Since 1712 Tula was the seat of an important iron and steel industry.In the middle of the XVIII century, manufacturing of samovars and coffee pots took an important place in a metalworking industry of the country.They were made in different regions but Tula became real capital of samovar manufacturing. In 1919 all samovar factories became nationalized, many of them stopped their existence completely.
The featured item represents a coffee or tea pot or pitcher that measures approximately 9 1/4" tall from the floor to the tip of the lid's knob. It's about 7 1/2" deep, 2 1/4" in diameter at the lips and 2 3/4" at the bottom.
The pot is hand crafted frombrass and lined with tin. It features hammered design , Middle East/Byzantine style shape with long spout and a knobbed lidattached to the bodywith hand made copper rivets.
The bottom of the piece is stamped with the Imperial Russia double headed eagle coat of arms and the following in Old Russian underneath " ??? ????". Not quite sure what the first letter "?" stands for but I think its an abbreviation of "???????" which means factory. "??" means "in" and "????" is city of Tula. Thus, the whole sign would translate as "factory in Tula". Usually, similar pieces would bear the name of the factory or makerbut I cannot see any signs of such on the bottom , unless it is covered in rust or tarnished.
About how old the pot is here are mine arguments:
I think the earliestperiod the pitcher could have been made is the middle of the 19th century as that is the time when brass jam pans, trays and other domestic utensils made in Tula, began to be marked. Plus, it features an oriental, byzantine style touch, that together with other shapes and styles started to be developed in the middle and second half of XIX centuries. Before that thegrandiose “Empire” style was in fashion.
The bottom being signed with the Imperial coat of arms means that it was made before 1917 that was the end of the Russian Empire. Also, the "Yat" letter "?" used at the end of "????"(actually the one used on the bottom of the pot is in italics and look a bit different but for some reason I cannot embed it) is the thirty-second letter of the old Cyrillic alphabet (Church Slavonic) that was removed form the Russian alphabetafter the Revolution in1917.
So, to summarize, the potwas most likelycrafted between the second half of 19th century and the first two decades of 20th C.
The item comes in very well-preserved condition for its age with no dents or other major surface damages. There is some vintage wear like rusted or tarnishedspots, patina and small dings or scratches here and there but there are not significant.
The featured coffee or tea pot is a rare find that will make a remarkable addition to any collection. It willbe a gorgeous display for any antiqueor vintage room!
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